Over the counter medications

You might find it useful to speak to a doctor or pharmacist about what over the counter medications could be appropriate for you to try.

Lots of pharmacies sell herbal remedies (see plant-based/herbal remedies), and some people report that taking supplements of Melatonin, a sleep hormone found naturally in the body, 5-HTP, an amino acid also found naturally in the body, or SAMe, a chemical found in the body, can help to regulate their mood or sleeping patterns. Over the counter medications can interact with prescription drugs, though, so make sure to discuss your choices with a doctor or other professional first.

Find your local doctors or pharmacy.  


There isn’t much academic research in the area of self-care for young people who are living with mental health issues. We are trying to find out more about what works for different people so we can better advise other young people what to try.

If you’ve tried this activity when you were struggling in relation to your mental health, please let us know if it helped you and how by clicking on the ‘Did this activity help you’ button.

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